Body Protectors – Important Information

From 2024, ie now, BRC will only allow BETA level 3 body protectors with a 2018 blue label in their competitions. If you have body protector with a purple 2000 or 2009 label you will not be allowed to compete. Please check your body protector if you are intending to represent the club in BRC competitions or, when the better weather comes, you want to do cross country training with us.

ARC makes the eight hour trip to compete at Grantham

Ayr Riding Club Team at Grantham, 6 April 2024
Ayr Riding Club Team at Grantham, 6th April 2024.
Congratulations to Rebecca, centre, who came 11th in the individual 70 cm show jumping (out of over 100 entrants).

What’s coming up later this summer? Here are some of the things we are offering for 2024:-

Summer Fun Dressage and Showjumping
July 30th Dressage

August  13th Dressage, 20th Show jumping (change of date from 6th)

Sept  3rd Dressage

Other Training

Ailsa’s flatwork lessons at Gainford are continuing, the next date is 24th July (Wednesday, 2-4pm).

David Gatherer’s next training sessions are on 5th August at Muirmill from 5 -8 pm, so book now as they fill up quickly.

Linda Barnes is continuing her flatwork sessions at Gainford on 22nd July and 16th September.

Yvonne McFarlane’s next flatwork lessons at Ayr Equestrian are on Monday 19th August and are available to book now.

All the training events can be booked through Equo on the Events page, remember to click the box for discount if you are a member of ARC.

Helpers needed! We are doing a lot of training and competitions during the summer so we are always on the lookout for helpers, if you think you can manage a few hours please email the club on

Success in BRC Area 1 dressage qualifiers, 7th July at Morris.

Teams :- Ayr Pirouettes (open) 2nd, Ayr Trotters (prelim) 6th 

Individuals:- Katrina Boon – 3rd (Prelim 7),  Sharon Urqhart – 3rd (Prelim 13), Fiona Inglis – 5th (Prelim 14), Susan Stuart – 8th (Prelim 18) 

Katie Pearson – 2nd (Novice 23), Trisha Harvey -2nd (Novice 24), Sharon Thom – 1st (Novice 30), Linda McFadzean – 6th (Elem 43) 

Individual entries :- Fiona Inglis – 6th (Intro C ), Rebecca McNab – 4th (AM92).

Thanks to all competitors, helpers, Area 1 committee and, especially, our team manager Katrina.

Concours d’Elegance – are you interested?

One of our members takes part in Concours d’Elegance competitions and would like to be able to take part in more competitions in Scotland but there is a lack of numbers at the moment. Two of our committee members have take part in the past (and have photographs evidence to prove it).

Concours can be done ridden, side saddle or in hand/lead rein and the outfits are based on the Victorian era.  At local level it is judged as the horse and rider combination that the judges would most like a painting of to hang over their fireplace. This is something most riders can do, at local level it’s normally walk and trot, due to the riding skirt.  No marks are taken off for scars, blemishes, or conformation. You don’t need to be a fantastic rider either!

More information on this can be found on the Facebook page “Equestrian Concours d’Elegance Costumes and Showing” or through The Concours d’Elegance Society of Great Britain website eq.concoursgb.

The Snoods have arrived!

The snoods have arrived just in time for the cold snap! These can be used as neckwear, headband or balaclava (not like the itchy ones) to keep you cosy. The colours are sand or bright blue with the riding club logo on, are 50 cm long and cost £6 each (Gromit not included). We will be selling them at training events (cash) or by post if you can’t attend training (£2 extra).